In the 90s I remember walking through museums such as the High, or exhibits at the Carter center and staring blankly at exhibit photos, and placards lined with black type. This was supposed to be exciting and time to learn, it was supposed to be a field trip. Staring at motionless images and reading repetitive texts was not fun to me then as an elementary student and still is not fun to me now, as a graduate student. Have no fear, technology has found it’s way into the modern day museum and may begin finding a way to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!
This afternoon we payed a visit to the E.U’s Parlamentarium. Greeted by the staff at the exhibit we were told we could have a self audio tour. No, that did not mean reading to ourselves. We were handed small devices similar to iPhones and given directions on the use. With an ear piece attached to our heads we began scanning QR codes and we were opened up to a world of information. This exhibit proved that technology is changing and becoming a part of everyday life, there is no way to avoid it. It gives people the freedom to pick and choose when and how they absorb information, the same way our smart phones give us the ability to research information whenever and wherever we need.
As if that were not proof enough, our meeting before the EU at the International Press Centre showed us how our international news made its way into homes each day with the help of technology. Walter Vanderstrukken gave an extensive tour of the Residence Palace, the home of Brussels International Press Centre. They provide services to the press that include editorial rooms, use of pc’s and printers, radio facilities, and a program for new foreign journalist to get aquatinted with Brussels. The unique thing about the Press Centre is it could be seen as a one stop shop for journalist. They could come attend press conferences and meetings and go directly upstairs to write and edit their stories and send them out around the world instantaneously.
The technology this building provides is helping make journalist more effective and giving them more time to focus on the content of their stories. Every room we entered had been engineered to make a job easier. Whether it be translator booths, in seat micro phones for questions, or separated power strips for the camera men, the Press Centre had it all.
We were able to see some good examples of how Belguim is using technology to make experiences more interactive and news transmission more efficient. Technology will continue to find its way into ordinary daily task and we must’ve ready to embrace it.